Leadership : Addictions

Researching Cocaine / Crack Cocaine

What Is Cocaine ?

Cocaine, also known as benzoylmethylecgonine or coke, is a strong stimulant made from a cocoa plant called Erythoxylon Coca. It is commonly snorted, inhaled, or injected into the veins.

Why Is Crack Cocaine So Addictive ?

It stimulates key pleasure centers within the brain and causes extremely heightened euphoria.

Some Examples Of People On Cocaine

Effects On Using Cocaine

Short-Term Effects

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Contracted blood vessels
  • Increased rate of breathing

Long-Term Effects

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
  • High blood pressure, leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage